The Weird World of Malware: What Phases of Attacks Exist?

Malicious software poses a very real risk to your mobile security. In the interest of arming our readers with critical knowledge, let’s delve into the world of malware and its attack phases. Another and more familiar term used to refer to malicious software is Malware. These are computer programs are made specifically to target systems and compromise data.

You’ve probably heard of some examples of malware before like Trojans. A Trojan is a type of virus or program that allows external users to connect without the owner’s knowledge. The Trojan is the most common malware found today. What needs to be remembered is that malware is constantly evolving. These little buggers are constantly being tweaked to get past firewalls and other forms of security.

It usually has three phases when it attacks a phone or a system: infection, embedding, and contamination.

Infection

There are various ways to get malware on a smartphone and other mobile devices. It can be because of a wrong installation or a scam that deceived the user. Presently, their infection falls under different categories: explicit permission, implied permission, no interaction, and common interaction.

Embedding

Once the malware has penetrated into your mobile device’s system, it will move on to the next phase which is to do what it was designed to do: cause damage. The extent or the kind of damage the user gets depends on the type of malware they get infected with. A user’s data can be stolen in order to be sold. Malware can damage, modify, or even wipe the information in the device. It can even provide a backdoor for potential attacks in the future.

Contamination

Once the malware has done its job, the last phase of its programming will kick in. It’ll try to spread from your device to another. So if your device has malware and you transfer data from your phone to your desktop, there’s a high probability that your desktop has now been infected.

What can you do?

As always, be wary of unfamiliar apps and web pages. It would be prudent to always keep an antivirus in all your devices. There are several free and paid security apps for smartphones. If your antivirus detects any malware attacks on your device, determine the source and avoid it like the plague.

The end users are the first line of defense when it comes to the security of their devices.